Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 36:1-12

Book 10: Thirty-six Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 36: Verses 1-12
Kamsa sends Akrura to Vraja to bring Sri Krsna and Balarama to Mathura

Sri Suka began again : Some time after (Sri Krsna's return from the forest) there came to Vraja Arista, a demon disguised as a bull with a huge body and a large hump, shaking the earth (already) torn by his hoofs. He was bellowing very harshly and breaking the earth with his hoofs; (nay,) uplifting his tail he was throwing up the mounds of earth with the ends of his horns and was (at the same time) discharging dung and urine in small quantities (at intervals), and staring with unwinking eyes. At his violent and thunder-like roar, 0 dear Pariksit, cows and women were prematurely delivered of their offspring at an initial or advanced stage of gestation indeed through fear, and clouds settled on his hump mistaking it for a hillock. Perceiving that animal with sharp horns the cowherds and cowherdesses felt dismayed and the cattle fled in terror leaving Vraja far behind, 0 king Crying "Krsna! O Enchanter of all !!" they all sought Govinda as their refuge. Observing this and reassuring the people of Vraja, driven off by fright, in the words "Do not be afraid !" the Lord too challenged the diabolical bull saying, "What will you gain, 0 fool, through the cattle and the cowherds being terrified thus, O vilest creature ?
Here am Ito crush the pride, born of might, of the wicked and evil-minded like you I" Slapping His arms (by way of challenge to a duel) and provoking Arista by means of the sound produced thereby, the immortal Sri Hari stood stretching His serpent-like arm on the shoulder of a boy companion. Thus angered the aforesaid Arista too rushed towards Sri Krsna in fury, furrowing the earth with his hoofs' the clouds dispersing at the touch of his erect tail. With the ends of his horns thrust forward and his bloodshot eyes remaining winkless the animal darted forthwith towards Sri Krsna even like the thunderbolt hurled by Indra, threatening Him with his side-glances. Seizing him by the horns, the Lord actually pushed him back, like an elephant driving a rival elephant, to a distance of eighteen steps. Knocked down by the Lord, the bull quickly rose again and, filled with fury, rushed forward sweating all over and breathing hard.



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